Adopt- A- Family

Millions of children in America will go without Christmas gifts because their parents can’t afford them. Financial and emotional stress dampen the Christmas cheer of families living in poverty.

In 2018, 594 families including 190 seniors were "adopted" by 256 sponsors in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Dozens of local agencies and schools refer families to The Salvation Army every year for Christmas and seasonal assistance.


You Can Give Joy:

You can become a sponsor and help provide much-needed items and a little Christmas magic to families and low-income seniors in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky at Christmas. All families are verified low-income, and those accepted into the program are paired with kind-hearted and generous sponsors who purchase presents for the families. Gifts are then wrapped and dropped off by sponsors at our distribution center. If you or your group (organization, club, church, business) would like to adopt a family or senior in your community, please click below for more information.



Give Time:

In many locations, The Salvation Army needs volunteers to help distribute the gifts along with food for holiday meals to the participating families. Often times, employees and family members of the sponsoring organization help distribute their group’s gifts throughout their community. Corporate and community volunteer groups and service groups; church groups and retired senior volunteer programs often aid The Salvation Army during the holidays and throughout the year. Please contact Alison Burry at to volunteer today. 


Do you need help this year providing your children with gifts?

Families are registered in the months of October and November. To learn more about dates and eligibility in your local community, click the link below.




Toy-Shop Auxiliary

Every year, children receive a loving gift of a doll or teddy bear, handmade doll clothes and books made possible by The Salvation Army's Toy Shop Auxiliary at the Toy Shop. Check out this story on the Toy Shop Auxiliary from 2017.

The Toy Shop Auxiliary has an annual auction to raise money for the next year's supply of books, dolls and books.